Please meet our 5 selected PINC & STEEL LYMPHOEDEMA Medical Advisory Committee Members.
Helen obtained a BSc Physiotherapy at University of Cape Town, South Africa in 1988 and since then has completed numerous post-graduate courses in musculoskeletal therapy, sport injuries, acupuncture, myofascial release , dry needling, clinical pilates and chronic pain management. She became a certified PINC Cancer Rehabilitation therapist in 2009, a Bradcliff Certified Breathing therapist in 2010, a Steel Cancer Rehabilitation therapist in 2011 and in 2013 qualified as a Lymphoedema Therapist through the Australian Lymphology Association.
She founded Activate Physiotherapy in 2007 and enjoys an excellent working relationship with many medical specialists – working particularly closely with the local breast surgeons and oncology support services to ensure the best support for local men and women recovering from cancer surgery and treatments.
Helen has particular interests in post -operative rehabilitation and the management of anxiety and complex pain and works extensively with patients recovering from cancer therapies. The PINC and STEEL programs are her passion and a vital part of this work and she receives so much positive feedback about the programmes and all they offer. She is passionate about holistic health care and the importance of exercise and breathing to maintain health throughout life.
Helen also teaches the NEXT STEPS Program and small group pilates classes integrating pilates with stretching and mindfulness relaxation to encourage patients to take time out for relaxation and restoration to focus the mind and balance the body.
Megan Schmidt has 17 years experience as a private musculoskeletal physiotherapist. For the last 10 years she has specialised in the area of cancer rehabilitation and was trained as a Lymphoedema therapist in Sydney under the Australasian Lymphology Association guidelines. She has extensive knowledge in treating all cancer related issues and lymphoedema. She is the joint practice owner at Active+ Orewa. Megan did the PINC Cancer Rehabilitation Certification in 2009 and has completed the NEXT STEPS and PaddleOn certification courses. She is also involved in teaching for PINC & STEEL International and is part of the teaching team that travels for Introduction to Exercise Rehab, NEXT STEPS and PaddleOn courses.
Lorna is the principal Physiotherapist and Director at Lime Physical Therapy. Her unique skill set has been gathered over the past 20 plus years in the areas of musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Pilates, Lymphoedema Management, Cancer Rehabilitation and Scenar Therapy. She was led to working with cancer patients through her lymphoedema work and has a vision of building a centre that caters for the many different needs of cancer patients, survivors and their carers, empowering her clients to live life to the full on every level. Lorna is also mum to two primary age kids and loves the viewpoint that children bring into our lives. Lorna embraces the “attitude of gratitude” with all who she encounters and endeavours to infuse her clinic, staff and patients with this approach – her passion is change!
Lorna has completed the PINC and STEEL certification courses and NEXT STEPS and is a director for the PINC & STEEL Cancer Rehabilitation Foundation in Australia.
Renee graduated from Otago University in 2004 and begun her working career at Whakatane Hospital as a rotational physiotherapist. She worked in ICU, orthopaedics, general medical, paediatric and maternity wards and treated clients in the musculoskeletal outpatient clinic.
Renee carried on to work in the community physiotherapy team and covered a large geographical area from Whakatane to East Cape. It was during this time she studied Lymphodema Management.
Renee moved to Hamilton in 2008 and began working at Anglesea Clinic Physiotherapy. She currently works part time treating patients recovering from breast surgery and providing PINC Cancer Rehabilitation and NEXT STEPS Programs to women that have experienced any form of cancer.
Louise graduated with distinction as a physiotherapist from the University of Sydney in 1992, and draws on over 20 years’ experience in private practice treating a diverse range of musculoskeletal issues. She uses a combination of manual therapy, education and exercise prescription to work with individuals to achieve best possible outcomes.
A special interest in women’s health has led to further training in Lymphoedema and pelvic floor therapy, including completion of the PINC and STEEL certification programs in 2011 and 2013 respectively.
Louise has found it both professionally and personally rewarding to be able to support individuals in their recovery from cancer treatments, with particular focus on regaining confidence, mobility and fitness.
“The PINC and STEEL certification programs have given me confidence to support cancer patients through all phases of their treatment and recovery and/or disease progression. You can see the difference it makes when people gain knowledge and improve their physical capabilities. My aim is to be a positive influence and it has been a rewarding experience for me as well.”